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Fuzzy Flora

Places to see Flowers



months to expect blooms

February thru May
March thru June
May thru July
March thru June

BLM - Central Calif

USFS - Celebrating Wildflowers

Mojave Desert Wildflowers List

Links to California Plant Lists

Southern California Wildflowers

Antelope Valley California Poppies Reserve

Gorman Poppy Fields
13 mi. W of Hwy 14, Lancaster, CA MARCH - MAY: Most consistent poppy-bearing land in Calif. Rolling Hills of Poppies. Visitors Center - 15101 W. Lancaster Rd (Lancaster Rd= an extended of Avenue I)

Red Rock Canyon State Park
661-942-0662 - wildflower updates


Mojave National Preserve
Ranger Station - 760-733-4040
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area


Joshua Tree National Park
760-367-5500 for more information


Panamint Valley - near Death Valley National Park

Anza Borrego State Park
East San Diego County, Borrego Springs. MARCH - MAY: Desert Cacti Bloom

favorite areas: Plum Canyon, Pinon & Nolina Wash, Old Kane Springs Road, Cactus Loop Trail, Mason Valley Truck Trail, Cactus Garden, Mtn. Palm Springs/North Fork Trail, Yaqui Well Nature Trail; check also Borrego Springs wildflowers



Central Coast Wildflowers

Lompoc Flower Fields

Los Padres National Forest

San Luis Obispo Backcountry
Central California, Fields of Lupine on rolling hills w/ oak trees


Death Valley Wildflowers

Death Valley Wildflower Report
Cactus, daisies, lilies, lupine, poppies, etc.
Mid February - Mid April = lower elevations
Early April - Early May = 2,000 to 4,000 ft. elev.
Late April - Early June = 4,000+ ft. elev.

Joshua Tree Wildflowers

Joshua Tree National Park
Desert Cacti Bloom, Claris Cup Cactus

favorite areas: Cholla Garden, Ocotillo Patch

Los Angeles Wildflowers

Fullerton Arboretum

Topanga State Park - Musch Trail

U.C. Riverside Botanical Garden

see also - Tejon Pass

Mojave Desert Wildflowers

Turtle Mountain Rd, Hwy 95 South of Needles, CA

Christmas Tree Pass, near Hwy 163 @ Laughlin, NV

Mojave National Preserve

Mitchell Caverns at Providence State Park, in Mojave NP

Red Rock Canyon State Park
Eroded rock formations with brilliant carpet of wildflowers surround the Red Rock Canyon State Park with walls of green, lavender, white & vibrant red. crimson blossomed beaver tail cactus and forests of white blooming Joshua trees & yuccas. Highway 14 to Mojave and go north on Hwy.395.
Info: Mojave Desert State Park Information Center 661-942-0662


Northern California Wildflowers

North Coast Redwoods

Wildflower Walks
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Redwoods National Park
Del Norte, Fields of Crimson clover & Lupine

Azalea State Reserve
Hwy. 200 Arcata

San Diego Wildflowers

Cabrillo National Monument

Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields

mid March - April

California trees

Julian - the small historic mining town in the mountains behind San Diego has bulb flowers in town, with many native flowers sprouting on the outskirts. Plus, down the hill to the east, is a massive State Park called Anza Borrego Desert 760-767-4684

San Diego Freeways are decorated with blooming hill sides every Spring season

San Diego Backcountry has wildflowers; Laguna Mountains, meadows bloom April to June. Also big yuccas & cool purple bushes along many county roads. Some good routes are behind Descanso - Boulder Creek Rd. (dirt); East Hwy. 94 to the small town of Campo, CA

see also - Anza Borrego

San Francisco & East Bay Blooms

  • Altamont Pass
  • Hollister
  • Livermore
  • Panoche Hills and Tumey Hills
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
  • UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

    Sierra Nevada Mountain Flora

    Sierra Canyon Wildflowers

    Bear Valley, Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Owl's clover & Poppies

    Pinecrest Lake, Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Bell Meadows

    Bishop - favorite areas: Fish Slough, Lake Sabrina

    Eastern Kern County

    Kennedy Meadow South
    Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, sagebrush, secluded & scenic area, horseback rides

    Kern River Canyon

    McGee Creek Canyon

    Tehachapi Mountains
    South/East Sierra, Tehachapi. Fields of Lupine & Poppies

    Tollhouse Road off of Hwy.168
    Small detour off highway that leads thru meadows instead of the mountain.ridge. Hiking, small waterfalls, cattle grazing & many scenic rolling hills with oak trees & wildflowers/P>

    Central California Wildflowers

    Figueroa Mountain Road, Santa Ynez, Los Padres NF

    Sierra Madre Ridge Road, Los Padres National Forest

    Cottonwood Canyon, Highway 166

    Schoolhouse Canyon, Highway 166

    Klipstein Canyon, Hudson Ranch Rd and Highway 166

    Gorman Hills @ Tejon Pass, Interstate 5, N Los Angeles County


    California Poppies - see the amazing colors! Poppy, Lupine and Owls Clover. Vibrant splashes of orange, gold, yellow, blue pink and fushia are some of the best in the state. Park along the side road called Gorman Post Road - outside of town of Gorman. There is a narrow steep trail that leads up a mountain. A private ranch land without public facilities, but accustomed to sightseers.
    April - Interstate5 / "grapevine area" between Gorman & Valencia / L.A. county. Take I-5 to the Gorman exit, just north of Highway 138. South along the Old Gorman Post Road. Info: Ft Tejon Ranger Station 805-248-6692

    Hungry Valley Park
    Golden Poppy, pink Owls Clover, pale Cream Cups, & Blue Lupin
    Dirt roads are easily handled by any ordinary passenger car. Take Powerline Road and take in sweeping vistas of Tejon Ranch across the I-5 above Gorman. This road is unpaved. It's high & rough going. Traveling south on I-5, take Frazier Park turn off. Heading north on I-5, take the Gorman exit.
    Info: Hungry Valley Ranger Station 805-248-7007

    Gorman Gold

    Other Areas in California

    Azalea State Natural Reserve
    Box Canyon, Mecca
    Carrizo Plain Wildflowers
    Chimney Rock
    China Camp State Park
    Cima Dome, Mojave
    Coreopsis Hill
    Cozy Dell Trail
    Del Puerto Canyon Road
    Desert Lily Sanctuary Preserve
    Dillon Road
    Dogwoods near Dunsmuir
    Edgewood County Park
    Falls Trail on Mt. Diablo
    Granite Road
    Jepson Prairie Preserve
    Johnson Valley
    Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve
    Lake Elsinore Blooms - Railroad Canyon
    MacKerricher State Park
    Milagra Ridge in Pacifica, CA
    Merced River - South Fork Trail
    Mix Canyon Road
    Montaña de Oro State Park
    Paige Meadows, Lake Tahoe hike
    Pinnacles National Monument
    Pope Valley, Mendocino NF
    Quail Botanical Garden
    California Botanic Garden, Rancho Santa Ana
    Sagehen Creek Trail
    San Bruno Mountain, San Francisco Bay Area
    Santa Lucia Mountains
    Sheephole Pass, Twenty Nine Palms, CA
    Strybing Arboretum
    Table Mountain, Cherokee Rd. Oroville
    Thousand Palms Canyon
    Tomales Bay State Park
    Towsley Canyon near L.A.
    Wiley Canyon

    Indian Paintbrush


    Lupine Drive

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